National and international cooperation

To allow optimum participation of the Belgian road branch in knowledge sharing and in prominent and often cross-border projects, the Belgian Road Research Centre (BRRC) puts a great effort in national, European and international cooperation.

At the national level BRRC has strengthened its cooperation with other collective research institutes in the construction industry, with professional federations, with the Belgian Bureau for Standardization(NBN) and with various actors in the field of certification. The Centre also plays a leading part in the Belgian Road Association (ABR-BWV), which, among other things, organizes Belgian road congresses, specific workshops, technical visits and the Belgian participation in activities of the World Road Association (PIARC).

At the global level BRRC actively participates, often as an initiator or as a leader, in organizations such as the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL), the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Commission (EC), the Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR), the Joint OECD/ITF Transport Research Committee, the International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD), the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM), and the World Road Association (PIARC).

We also contribute to the development of documentary research aids, databases and a quadrilingual thesaurus for the International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD).

Within the Committee on Terminology, BRRC has made a major contribution to the online multilingual terminology database of PIARC. To understand and make oneself understood is, indeed, a must for any professional in any branch – especially in the road branch, which owes its very existence to the need for communication.

For many of our research and assistance activities we receive support from regional, federal and European authorities and bodies that encourage innovation. The knowledge gained through these activities directly benefits national and regional projects.